Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Oct 23 16:12:25 UTC 2012

One possibility is that the tongue started with "reproduce" and
switched in midstream to "propagate".


At 10/22/2012 08:55 PM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>On Oct 22, 2012, at 5:46 PM, "ADSGarson O'Toole"
><adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> > Given the context repropriate might be a blend from two or more
> of these words:
> >
> > propagate, procreate, reproduce
> >
> > Less likely contributors to the blend: parturitate, progenerate.
>(Jon Lighter proposes: reproduce.  this is likely to be the target,
>since it's the verb that turns up again and again in discussions of
>same-sex marriage.  it was being blocked for me by "reciprocate:",
>which is surely irrelevant.) (Joel Berson now adds: replicate.)
>ah, thanks to Jon, Garson, and Joel.
> >>>> A fellow opposed to gay marriage argued in All Things Considered a few
> >>>> minutes back that if you're married to somebody of the same
> sex, "How can
> >>>> you repropriate?"
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